We are thrilled to announce the launch of our seventh and eight offices in two of the most fascinating music markets, where we will be focused on investing in local songwriters and artists as well as marketing and promoting Downtown’s global catalog of world-renowned song copyrights. The commonality between these two significant music centers made an undeniable case for Downtown; Our CEO Justin Kalifowitz outlines these reasons on our Medium.
In Paris, we recruited Laura Bedikian as A&R Manager and Charles Braud as Creative Licensing Director, and Armel Bernard as Copyright Coordinator.
Prior to joining Downtown, Bedikian was an International A&R Executive with the highly-regarded Paris-based music publisher Because Editions, where her roster included Ed Banger, Foals, Metronomy, and Freedo among others. Braud, a 12-year veteran of the French music industry, was most recently Head of Sync and Publishing at Believe Digital and served in previous roles at Universal Music Group, Chrysalis Music France, Discograph, and Naive.
In Sydney, Downtown has appointed 15-year industry veteran Rachel Kelly as Creative Director and Head of Sync, covering Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to Downtown, Kelly served as Creative Director at BMG Australia, having joined the company as part of the acquisition of Alberts in 2016, where she worked for nearly a decade as Head of Licensing. In her career, Kelly has represented the publishing interests of marquee artists and writers including AC/DC, Harry Vanda & George Young, The Angels, The Beach Boys, and The Kinks. She also fronted music-driven campaigns for Cadbury, Australian Football League, McDonalds, Samsung, Toyota, and Volkswagen, among others.
Through Songtrust, Downtown’s global royalty collection platform, the Company collects royalties directly from over 120 countries covering more than 20,000 unique income sources.
Both markets also make strong business cases for Downtown. Last year, the French collective rights management organization, SACEM, announced record revenues of €884M under the leadership of CEO, Jean-Noël Tronc. In Australia, APRA AMCOS reported collections were up 16% to AUD $386M while naming Dean Ormston, a 20 year veteran, as the new CEO.